Small House is two sisters. Small House is Valerie Marchand and Heather Marchand. Both work out of their home studios in Torontom, Ontario. Any given day you will find either or both sisters sewing, drawing, painting, gluing and cutting. Both Valerie and Heather have educations in Fine Arts and are most happy when creating something. Aesthetics and function are carefully considered concerning all items made for Small House.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Don't quit your day job... ?

Because, who loves their "day job?"

Both of us at Small House are lucky enough to love our day jobs.

Heather gets to handle some of the most beautiful handmade papers imported from Japan. She works at a lovely shop here in Toronto that actually has a larger available selection (all in one place) than anywhere even in Japan. Here handmade papers like washi are all lovingly displayed, used and appreciated.

I work at a downtown floral design shop, where on any given day I might be making a sweet little posie with mini calla lilies and galex leaves or a 3 foot tall floral arrangement for a TV or movie set. To me both have equal value and stature.

I made two of these this past winter for a television show... using a new favorite flower, helleborus.

Heather will be creating a large scale window installation that will be installed this coming June. Here is a peek at what is to come.

The best thing about having a creative job like either of our is the ability to express your own ideas. This could be in the form of a store display, design, or sharing product knowledge. Between packaging and mailing our etsy sales, stitching up new items, dreaming up new ideas, visiting friends and family and lending a hand to anyone who needs it... it is great to have busy (but wonderful) jobs to go to.



  1. Love the jellyfish! Could you please give me instructions for these once they're complete? Would love to try this out myself.

  2. OMG The Jellyfishes! I MUST Know How To Make These.